Department of Theatre

Scholarship Day for incoming students

NEXT SCHOLARSHIP DAY: Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Each year, the UNI Department of Theatre awards over $45,000 in tuition scholarships to its majors, nearly $15,000 to first year students. Awards range between $750 and $2,500.

Incoming students compete for scholarships at the department’s annual Scholarship Day which provides incoming students with an opportunity to meet and interview with theatre faculty. In addition, students are encouraged to showcase their talents for faculty through performance auditions and/or portfolio presentations. Students interested in theatre education may apply with an interview, letters of recommendation, and submissions of written work.

To be eligible for scholarship consideration, a first year student should:

• Plan to be admitted to UNI by April, 2020. (Contact the UNI Admissions Office for information and forms.)
• Intend to declare a theatre major.
• Hold a "B" average or be in the upper one-third of the class at the time of application. Transfer students with a 3.0 GPA and an established record of participation in theatre activities are also encouraged to apply.

To apply for a UNI Department of Theatre scholarship:

• Complete the on-line application and listing of production experience and theatre training (submit by clicking on link below.) A resume in your own format may also be submitted separately, but is optional.
• Provide a current photo.
• Provide high school academic information including GPA, class rank, core units taken and ACT scores.
• Have two letters of recommendation sent by high school or community college teachers or directors stating why you are a good candidate for this scholarship.

Actors: Prepare two 2-minute contrasting monologues (one character speaking from a play, not a prose piece), which will demonstrate your outstanding qualities. The introduction should mention only the character and the play (for example: Emily from Our Town). Time limits will be enforced. You will also be interviewed by the faculty and staff after your audition.

Designers/Technicians: Students interested in design and production should plan to interview with UNI faculty and staff on the same day. If you have a portfolio or examples of your work, please bring them to the interview.

All others should plan to interview with theatre faculty and staff. Students interested in theatre education should provide samples of written work.

Materials are due NO LATER THAN JANUARY 27th, 2020.

Send to: Scholarship Auditions, Department of Theatre, CAC 257, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0371.
Or email (all except transcript) as Word attachments to:

All candidates will be contacted by mail with exact audition/interview time and place.


Complete the Application for Scholarship Day online 

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